Alobo Naga has recreated the popular Naga song, <i>Ningu Kumtsu</i> Credit: EastMojo image

A remake of the song, Ningu Kumtsu, by Alobo Naga:

Here’s the original song:

Music is deep-rooted in the soul of northeast and pretty much every one in the region can sing or play an instrument. There is even an equally bigger lot that can do both. While the region has witnessed an evolution in the choice of genre music, the sad part is that a major lot of the pioneers have remained undocumented, unheard and criminally underappreciated.

File photo of Naga singer Rocky

One such influential name from the tribal state of Nagaland is Rocky, who was the front-man of the five-member Rocky & The Band. Rocky was one of the most influential singers during 1970s. Such was his popularity that his band was even flown by helicopters to different corners of India in order to perform shows.

A soldier by profession, Rocky was in The Great Naga Battalion of the Border Security Force (BSF) and was posted at Satakha, a small town in Zunheboto District, but he was also considered one of the first music stars of Nagaland.

A still captured during a performance by Rocky & The Band

But like it is said, only the good die young, Rocky met an untimely death in the early 1980s but his talent and influence is still felt long after his demise. One such song that is etched deep in the hearts of the people is Ningu Kümts that talks about how all are destined to die; and that the earthly possessions cannot bring salvation of the soul. In order to keep the memory afresh, one of the popular group musicians of Nagaland, Alobo Naga & the Band, has now recreated Ningu Kümts, adding some newness to the song while still sticking to its originality.

Sharing the song on his official YouTube channel, Alobo wrote, “It was on my bucket list for a very long time to do a cover on this beautiful song for the old souls to reminisce and also to introduce it to the younger generation & the world. I am sure some people might not like this style because I can never make it better than the original but I wanted to repackage it into new genre suitable for the younger generation.”

Interestingly, Alobo and his team shot the entire video of the song on an Iphone X, and in just one single take.

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